Public Display of Bipartisanship


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By Becky Hogan

The Jersey Shore is back in business after the devastation of Hurricane Sandy and New Jersey Governor Chris Christie has been topping the TrendPo rankings this week.  

Christie reunited with President Obama on Tuesday for the reopening of the Jersey Shore to survey the recovery efforts, leading to a flurry of speculation about Christie’s presidential aspirations.

It’s a great example of how a single news event can spark a lot of online buzz.

The governor has been in TrendPo’s top ten all week, with his peak position at #4, following announcements of the Shore’s reopening.

TRENDPO RANK

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Christie received a lot of national news attention with the announcement that the Jersey Shore was reopen for summer and again when he toured with Obama Tuesday.

NATIONAL NEWS

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Interestingly, state media outlets reported on Christie more around the time of his visit with Obama.  The media loves a good bromance!

STATE MEDIA

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On Twitter, Christie saw gains in Twitter followers and sustained these gains after his meeting with Obama.  The first time this odd couple met last fall, Christie was criticized by conservatives for appearing with Obama so close to the election—in the end, both benefited from positive ratings following the meeting.  Maybe we’re just not used to seeing such public displays of bipartisanship, but the pairing continues to fascinate.

TWITTER FOLLOWERS DAILY CHANGE

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Facebook users were more impressed by Christie at the Shore’s reopening, given the upsurge in Likes he received, than they were at the time of his tour with Obama.

FACEBOOK LIKES DAILY CHANGE

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Christie saw a huge gain in the number of mentions he received from other users posting about him on Facebook.

FACEBOOK TALKED ABOUTS

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Whether the Obama-Christie reunion was more about reminding New Jersey voters to reelect him in November or a signal that Christie’s considering a presidential bid in 2016, we can’t say for sure.

But we’ll continue to keep an eye on Christie to see how his momentum in news outlets and social networks affect his November reelection for governor and a possible 2016 run.

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